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'Come On, Jeeves!' runs from Wednesday 17 January to Saturday 20 January, 7:30pm. at The Bonington Theatre, Arnold

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The Bonington players are returning to the stage with ‘Come On, Jeeves!’, a comedy by Guy Bolton and PG Wodehouse at The Bonington Theatre from Wednesday 17 January to Saturday 20 January, 7:30pm.

Formed in 1963 and named after Richard Parkes Bonington, a painter of the English school who was born and raised in Arnold, the Bonington Players is now one of the leading amateur theatre groups in Nottinghamshire.

Lindsey Hemingway from The Bonington Players said: “The play by PG Woodhouse, has been in rehearsal since October, the set has been constructed ready to be moved into the theatre and the cast should know all their lines by opening night. Come and see it for a fun filled evening.”

For those who don’t know the story Lindsay added “It is 1953, Bertie Wooster has loaned his Butler Jeeves, to a friend who is in need of assistance. He, Jeeves helps to deal with his Lordships financial problems, a Hunter intent on hunting his Lordship, and the need to back a winner in the Derby. Much goes wrong before all is settled.”

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Mischief, mishaps and mayhem abound in this high-spirited comedy which brings PG Wodehouse’s larger-than-life characters to the stage.

The Bonington Players is a long-standing member of NANDA which exists to support and promote all aspects of amateur theatre within the county.  In this years awards evening at the NANDA Play of the Year awards. Wayne Hill received the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance of Jim Trott in The Vicar of Dibley and Tony Tomlinson won the award for Best Set Design for I am a Camera. There were also Special Mentions for acting for Sheila Millington, Lindsey Hemingway, Chris Gardner, Adrian Bacon and Jenny Adams, and Adrian Bacon got another Mention for his costumes for Vicar of Dibley.

Lindsey added “We regularly win awards in their festivals for acting, directing, set design, costumes and stage presentation.  We pride ourselves on staging the very best of amateur theatre in Arnold and earning a reputation for the high professional standards that we achieve. ”

Tickets to see ‘Come On, Jeeves’ are £9pp and can be purchased from The Bonington Theatre Box Office or online HERE.

More information including contact details about The Bonington Players can be found on their social channel HERE or via their website HERE.

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